Inter-Media

(Thanks to my dad for the title. Hi, Dad *waves*)

Another mini-In the Media post of things I think are worth reading from (or that I’ve come across in) the last couple of weeks.

On the key topic of diversity, Taiye Selasi, author of Ghana Must Gohas a fantastic piece in The Guardian, ‘Stop pigeonholing African writers‘.

Scarlett Thomas wrote a great piece for The Guardian on writers, sex and how male and female authors writing about sex are seen differently, ‘Forget EL James, let’s have some real dirty fiction‘.

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Claire Fuller won the Desmond Elliott Prize this week with her brilliant debut, Our Endless Numbered Days. Judge Louise Doughty wrote, ‘The Desmond Elliott prize reminds us that authors need long-term support‘ in The Guardian and prior to the announcement of the winner, ‘The Desmond Elliott Prize 2015: Why an author’s background makes no difference to talent‘ in The Independent.

Sunny Singh, writing on Media Diversified, looks at the reaction to Rihanna’s new video, ‘So We’re All Still Talking About Rihanna’s Bitch Better Have My Money?‘ Which I think is a really interesting piece to read alongside Eva Wiseman’s column in The Observer this week, ‘Why is there always a backlash against feminist stars?

Claudia Rankine, author of Citizen, wrote a very powerful piece for The New York Times last month, ‘The Condition of Black Life Is One of Mourning‘. While Irene Monroe on the Huffington Post looked at the Stonewall riots and asked why brown and black LGBTQ people have been written out of the narrative, ‘Dis-membering Stonewall‘.

Really interesting and grim piece from Michelle Thomas on ‘Tinder Dating‘ on her blog. Prepare to be angry. Which leads me to Laura Bates’ piece in The Guardian, ‘The Kim Kardashian sex-tape flag at Glastonbury was a particularly nasty attack‘.

At which point I have to mention Salena Godden’s brilliant new poem, ‘Flags: Kanye and Kanye‘ on her blog.

Sloane Crosley in The New York Times wrote, ‘Why Women Apologize and Should Stop‘.

On my favourite magazine site, The Pool, there are loads of cracking pieces: Viv Groskop, ‘The one word that undermines women at work‘; Sali Hughes, ‘There is no such thing as a superior mother‘, which goes nicely with Nina Stibbe’s beautiful piece about her mum, ‘People say my mother was awful. But there’s no one I’d rather spend time with‘; I also loved Sali Hughes piece about culling friends, ‘Why culling friends is OK‘, and Lauren Laverne wrote another cracking blog, ‘What’s happened to social mobility?‘. There’s also a fantastic interview with Cathy Rentzenbrink whose brilliant, heart-wrenching memoir The Last Act of Love has just been published. You can listen to the Director’s Cut or the 12 minute edit.

There’s also a fantastic interview with Candace Bushnell in The Cut about her new novel Killing Monica and Rebecca Mascull’s on The History Girls blog talking about her second novel Song of the Sea Maid.

In Nells In the Media, there are cracking interviews with Nell Zink (fast becoming my favourite writer purely on the basis of her candidness in interviews) in Vice and Nell Leyshon, whose last book The Colour of Milk was a Fiction Uncovered winner, in The Independent.

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And in Naomi In the Media, the two discussions I took part in for Fiction Uncovered on Resonance FM are now available to ‘listen again’. The panel on diversity chaired by Nikki Bedi and including Danuta Kean and Nikesh Shukla and the discussion with Simon Savidge, chaired by Matt Thorne on blogging and the changing face of reviewing. There’s a full list of links to all the panels and interviews from the day on Simon’s blog Savidge Reads.

Also, I’m interviewed as part of Hayley Webster’s brilliant literary efestival, ‘All the Words‘. As are Antonia Honeywell, Alice Furse, Claire King, Amanda Jennings, Claire Hynes, Suzie Maguire and Devika Ponnambalam.

I’ve cheekily included a photo of myself so I can mention Helen MacKinven’s cover reveal for her forthcoming book Talk of the Toun and claim my photo was totally inspired by it. Best cover ever.

25 thoughts on “Inter-Media

  1. Love that Bimbo the poodle’s responsible for inspiring your fantastic sunglasses! After a long and at times rubbish week, to hear that you love my book cover has made my day and given me a much needed boost! Thanks. x

  2. Love that Bimbo the poodle’s responsible for inspiring your fantastic sunglasses! After a long and at times rubbish week, to hear that you love my book cover has made my day and given me a much needed boost! Thanks. x

  3. Love the sunnies!

    I read the Tinder article and the guy as well as being utterly nasty, in a “being nice” way, just seemed like a total fool. Unfortunately he is a fool in the dominant group with inordinate privilege, otherwise he could be summarily dismissed. In fact, I’d be inclined to summarily dismiss him anyway.

  4. Love the sunnies!

    I read the Tinder article and the guy as well as being utterly nasty, in a “being nice” way, just seemed like a total fool. Unfortunately he is a fool in the dominant group with inordinate privilege, otherwise he could be summarily dismissed. In fact, I’d be inclined to summarily dismiss him anyway.

  5. I enjoy The Pool, too. I love your Dad’s comment on your Twitter page: “Arty Farty”, isn’t it? I laugh every time. He sounds awesome!

  6. I enjoy The Pool, too. I love your Dad’s comment on your Twitter page: “Arty Farty”, isn’t it? I laugh every time. He sounds awesome!

  7. My Dad’s still blown away by the time he watched me order The Winds Of War DVD for him on Amazon and it appeared two days later – “Amazing!” He also likes me to Google facts about Scotland (most northerly Munro, deepest freshwater loch, that sort of stuff) and shows off the fact he knows it all!

  8. My Dad’s still blown away by the time he watched me order The Winds Of War DVD for him on Amazon and it appeared two days later – “Amazing!” He also likes me to Google facts about Scotland (most northerly Munro, deepest freshwater loch, that sort of stuff) and shows off the fact he knows it all!

    • Excellent. They’re funny aren’t they? Mine likes to Google me and then ring me and tell me he really enjoyed X article I know I never mentioned to him so he can freak me out!

  9. I love these round up posts, though I never get chance to follow all the links. I also feel like patting myself on the back when I see a link to something I’ve already read…like I did well! Thanks for making things easier. Emma

  10. I love these round up posts, though I never get chance to follow all the links. I also feel like patting myself on the back when I see a link to something I’ve already read…like I did well! Thanks for making things easier. Emma

  11. Your Dad is awesome, and so are you in those sunglasses! So happy, and proud, we are both back xxxx

  12. Your Dad is awesome, and so are you in those sunglasses! So happy, and proud, we are both back xxxx

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